Eugène (United States) (AFP)
Olympic champion Elaine Thompson-Herah claimed an unmistakable victory in the 100m over Sha’Carri Richardson’s return to the Prefontaine Classic in Oregon on Saturday.
Jamaican star Thompson-Herah crossed the line at Hayward Field in 10.54 seconds – the second fastest time in history – while Richardson was far behind in 11.14 seconds.
Saturday’s clash against the Diamond League in Eugene was touted as a chance for Richardson to show the world what could have been like after he was banned from the Olympics for testing positive for marijuana after winning the US Trials in June.
But in his first race since returning from suspension, Richardson was never in contention as Thompson-Herah – who won back-to-back Olympic victories in the 100m and 200m in Tokyo – soared to finish several meters from the peloton.
Thompson-Herah compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce finished second in 10.73 seconds while Shericka Jackson took third place in 10.76 seconds, a carbon copy of the Olympic 100m podium. Tokyo.
Thompson-Herah’s winning time saw him reduce his Olympic record of 10.61 seconds by 0.07 seconds set on July 31.
Only the late Florence Griffith Joyner has ever run faster, with Thompson-Herah now incredibly close to the 33-year-old American’s world record in 10.49 seconds.
Richardson, meanwhile, took a defiant stance after her comeback fell flat.
“It was a big comeback to the sport,” Richardson said on NBC television. “I wanted to be able to come and play. Having the month off, dealing with whatever I had to do, I’m not mad at myself at all.
“It’s a race, I haven’t finished. You know what I’m capable of. Count me if you want, say whatever you want, because I’m here to stay.
“Congratulations to the winners, congratulations to the people who won, but they haven’t finished seeing me yet. “
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